Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 15/02/2014

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Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 A Logierait-born philosopher (1723 - 1816) who wrote an Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767)(4,8)

8 A hard bituminous substance, anciently used as a cement (7)

9 A small, tufted, rushlike moorland grass (7)

11 Old type size, giving about six lines to the inch (4)

12 A transmitter of family lore in Gaelic areas (10)

14 To yoke to a vehicle, especially in South Africa (6)

15 Coarse-grained foliated metamorphic rocks (8)

17 Old-fashioned term for a fine-grained intimate

mixture of quartz and orthoclase (8)

19 A nervous disease, St Vitus’s dance (6)

22 Relating to the tangle genus of brown seaweeds(10)

23 Siberian city, a major river port (pop over 1 million)(4)

25 Describing a triangle with three unequal sides (7)

26 Kathleen __ ( 1912 - 53), a Lancashire-born contralto

who sang at the first Edinburgh Festival (1947) (7)

27 The chief male sex hormone (12)

DOWN

1 Domesticated animals akin to the llama (7)

2 Robert __ (1728 - 92), Kirkcaldy-born architect who

was joint Architect of the King’s Works (1761 -69) (4)

3 Private school in Edinburgh, founded in1870 (6)

4 An animal that chews the cud (8)

5 A sheet of microfilm storing a great number ofrecords (10)

6 Large west African trees with whitish wood (7)

7 A range of hills to the north of Glasgow (7,5)

10 Tweed hats with peaks in front and back, and flaps

at the side covering the ears (12)

13 Temporary quarters for troops on manoeuvres (10)

16 Tubes used to bring air to submerged swimmers(8)

18 A feast at shearing time (4-3)

20 A cos lettuce (7)

21 Device used to regulate or divert the flow of liquid,

gas, sound-waves, etc (6)

24 A large southern constellation (4)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Patrick Hamilton, 9 Genevan, 10 Hookers, 11 Siberia, 12 Looming, 13 Sierra, 14 Delivery, 16 Platypus, 18 Onager, 22 Ostrava, 23 Demerit,24 Ariette, 25 Gleaner, 26 Contentiousness

Down: 1 Pegasus, 2 Tenable, 3 Inveraray Castle, 4 Kansas, 5 Achilles, 6 Isotopic numbers, 7 Taeniae, 8 Nosegay, 15 Budapest, 16 Prosaic, 17 Antlion, 19 Garonne, 20 Retards, 21 Adagio

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